Welcome to Main Street Morning, The Washington Post’s daily collection of news affecting entrepreneurs, start-ups and small businesses with a special focus on policy and government.
Here’s what’s affecting my small business, my clients and other entrepreneurs today.
- A House GOP leader distances herself from Speaker Boehner.
- How the Washington Post ended up on K street.
- Business executives’ optimism about the U.S. economy dropped for the second straight quarter, according to a survey from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
- Unemployment falls to 5.1 percent.
- Sales of e-books have weakened amid higher prices.
- Hotel fee charges are now at record highs
- Boeing delivers 64 commercial airplanes in August.
- A research organization is wondering where the data is that supports claims of a “gig” economy.
- Most workers are actually making less than they were five years ago, according to new data.
- Why the next financial crisis may be already unfolding.
- Trump signs a GOP loyalty pledge and breaks Democrats’ hearts.
- A new study seems to back Trump’s attacks on immigrants.
- Why ending birthright citizenship would be terrible for Silicon Valley.
- Steve Wynn signs on as an advisor to the Trump campaign.
- A Kentucky clerk is arrested for refusing to marry gay couples and most of the Republican presidential candidates back her.
- A bored woman falls asleep while listening to Jeb Bush speak.
- Hillary Clinton’s hacked emails are up for sale for $500,000.
- A U.S. District Judge has approved a $415 million employee poaching settlement case involving Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe.
- Hilton rolls out a generous new parental leave policy.
- Gun maker Colt says it’s near a deal to exit bankruptcy.
- Small business borrowing held steady in July.
- A fake Walmart employee walks out of a store with a few big-screen TVs.
Sales and Marketing
- Verizon unveils a new logo.
- A new Tesla for $35,000 will be available for pre-order next March.
- After receiving a disappointing number of entrees for a contest giving away her dessert shop, the owner decides to keep the business after all.
- The top five tax traps small business owners need to avoid.
- A new Google Street View app now lets you add your own 360-degree photos.
- Why it’s almost impossible to tell realistic threats from headline trends.
- A “Fitbit for drivers” start-up lands a big auto insurance partner.
- A start-up backed by Uber’s co-founder wants to make sure its customers don’t have to pump gas again.
- CVS says its ban on cigarettes has reduced smoking.
- While some may view living part time with an elderly parent as an obligation, one entrepreneur feels it provides a creative respite.
- Chrome’s latest performance improvements means the browser uses less memory and battery life.
- Sage Accounting Software grows its ecosystem of products for small and medium businesses.
- Samsung says its smartwatch has over 1,000 apps.
Around the Country
- Almost half of the homes in New York City and D.C. are now losing value.
- Iowa City plans to spend thousands on fitness trackers for its employees.
- Memphis, Tennessee business owners can earn $25,000 grants to beautify and revive their neighborhoods.
- An Idaho Falls business owner remains positive after two joyriding teens smashed into his building.
- The Rotary Clubs of Central and Southeast Ohio are seeking nominees for their 2015 Social Entrepreneurship Award.
- Los Angeles’ hottest restaurants are being accused of price fixing.
Around the World
- Facebook is named the UK’s best employer.
- Pope Francis visits a shop on Rome’s Via del Babuino to try new glasses.
- The Russian economy is in dire straits as China’s demand for oil and gas slows.
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